Yowamushi Pedal: Episode 38 – Season Finale

総北の魂 – The Soul of Souhoku

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4 kilometers to the finish line and it’s like we are starting all over.

Continuing from the previous episode, all of Hakone Academy has gathered. And they are not the only ones. In the last 6 kilometers, Souhoku finally caught up with the two leading teams, and the three teams now face off against one another in their battle for the finish line.

The race aside, this episode really brings us back to the topic of teamwork and team spirit. The concept of a ‘team’ really is one of the major focuses of Yowapeda, and this episode served to remind us just how important a team is. At the beginning of the episode, it was revealed that Arakita was pulling an exhausted Shinkai along. Fukutomi had not abandoned his teammates. He merely pulled ahead to keep Kyoto Fushimi in check and was fully confident that the rest of his teammates would catch up eventually. Oh captain, what trust you have in your team mates. And what trustworthy team mates you have.

The team spirit was strong not only in Hakone Academy, but in Souhoku as well. When Onoda almost collapsed from sheer exhaustion, Naruko held him up. And again when Onoda was exhausted to the point of dropping out, Imaizumi supported him. Souhoku rides as a team, with no member being left behind. If Onoda can’t ride anymore, Imaizumi would pull him along to the finish line. They work as a team so that all six of them going to the third day together, so that all six of them cross that final finish line.

Before finishing this review, I just have to mention the seiyuus, since they are the very reason I decided to pick up this show in the first place. In the Souhoku team, we have Toriumi Kousuke (Imaizumi), Fukushima Jun (Naruko), Yamashita Daiki (Onoda), Itou Kentarou (Tadokoro), Yasumoto Hiroki (Kinjou) and Morikubo Showtarou (Makishima). In the Hakone Academy team, we have Kakihara Tetsuya (Toudou), Yonaga Tsubasa (Manami), Yoshino Hiroyuki (Arakita), Hino Satoshi (Shinkai), Maeno Tomoaki (Fukutomi) and Abe Atsushi (Izumida). Then there’s the Kyoto Fushimi team, with Yusa Kouji (Midousuji), Nojima Hirofumi (Ishigaki) and Suzuki Chihiro (Mizuta). They made this series all the more enjoyable and I am very much looking forward to hearing them in season two. Season two also brings with it a promise of new characters and in turn more seiyuus, so that’s yet another thing to look forward to. Yes, it looks to be an exciting season two indeed.

The aces and their assistants (more specifically, Souhoku’s ace & assistant and Hakone Academy’s ace) are pulling ahead in the final battle of the day. Who will emerge victorious? We shall find out in the next season.

*kiseki has finished the coverage of season one of Yowamushi Pedal and the writing baton is now being passed to Komorebi, who will be covering season two. So sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience Komorebi. kiseki is finally done and you can now take it away! It has been much fun writing about this cycling series, thank you for reading and see you next ride~

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